Apple crumble is one of my favourite puddings and I was saving this cake for a time that I could enjoy it; preferably a time when we didn’t have too many people to have to share it with!
This week, I promised my brother a cake in return for a lift and he called the favour in with this cake.
The cake had three different layers: the sponge, the apples and the crumble. I didn’t listen to the recipe and started off by chopping up the fruit. I was supposed to peel, core and slice 3 Granny Smith apples; but by then end I think there were about 2 apples worth of slices left (I had taken the ‘one for me, one for you’ method of chopping fruit).
The crumble is simply made by chopping up the butter while cold, and rubbing it in with the cinnamon and flour till it looks like breadcrumbs. Then you stir in the sugar and tra-laa.
The sponge followed what I consider to be the standard recipe. Mix the wet ingredients together and sift in the dry ones. I poured the batter into the pre-greased tin and started place the slices on top in concentric circles. The cake went straight into the oven to cook.
Forty-five minutes later, the oven bell went and everyone started on at me to get it ready to eat. The cake smelled amazing and I quickly heated some custard to accompany it. OK, so it was ready made custard, we’re taking baby steps here!
The cake tasted amazing. I am incredibly happy with this recipe, it’s my two favourite things meshed into one: cake + apple crumble = beautiful. The cinnamon in the crumble gave it a nice kick and it went beautifully with the custard. The apples were cooked perfectly, still a tiny bit crunch but really sweet and juicy.
I’d definitely suggest this to everyone and anyone. It’s a great treat and is something a bit different from your average cake or apple crumble. Officially another favourite!